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Power Tackle's "The One" for Big Baits : 4.5XXH (continued)

Sensitivity: Jarring is the word that best describes the hits I received fishing this rod. In general, when you get a hit on a moving bait, it's going to be a no doubter, but when that moving bait is larger than normal, like Mattlure's Magnum Strong Gill there are multipliers involved. But even with the Jackhammer, the way the 04.5XXHM loads on a hit is both confidence inspiring and addicting. You can really feel that Jackhammer hammering during the retrieve and once the fish hits, it feels like hitting solid rock after digging through some loose gravel.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Power Tackle The One 4.5XXHM against the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

Power: The other benefit of this stick specifically is once you do get that hit, that nice, moderate curve delivers plenty of power, yet not to the point where you feel as if you're going to break your line or straighten out any hooks. Assuming you're not fishing with a locked down drag, there's just enough give in this blank to ease concerns of failing line or terminal tackle. The 4.5XXHM has a really nice power curve.

Checking out that stout tip

Design & Ergonomics: For a stick of its power, the 4.5XXHM from Power Tackle is incredibly light at only 5.5 ounces. Balance is right in line with the industry average but the overall light weight of the build makes it that much more enjoyable to fish. Were Power Tackle to use a full rear grip instead of the split CFX Carbon material, balance might be even a hair better. I say a hair, because that CFX Carbon handle's weight is pretty marginal in the overall build.

Lab Results for Power Tackle The One 4.5XXHM

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There was a time I really didn't like Recoil Guides. That time has passed. They make a nice match with this super light, responsive blank

Price & Applications: Identical to the 04MH we previously reviewed, Power Tackle's The One 4.5XXHM retails for $399 and it seems is available direct from their website only. Note that on the company's website, the rod is listed as the 4.5XHM, but the label on our rod clearly has it as 4.5XXHM. Power Tackle's website even lists this stick as "XX Heavy" in the product description.

The 4.5XXHM is on the heavier side perfect for medium sized big baits like this Mattlures Magnum Hard Gill

As for specific applications, thanks to the rod's taper, power, and sensitivity, I find it suitable for a range of applications from vertical bait presentations like jigs, Carolina rigging, and flipping/pitching soft plastics, to the horizontal presentations I tested it with above. It's really as versatile an extra-extra-heavy stick as you could wish. Power Tackle did a nice job with this rod.


Power Tackle The One 4.5XXHM Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Clean build with nice, clean detailing around the guides and simple, understated material accents at the handle 9
Performance Excellent sensitivity and very versatile for its rated power 9
Price Priced at a premium but given the components and build, competitive all the same 7
Features Powerful, yet forgiving taper, quality components, protective rod sleeve, comfortable and light grip material 8
Design (Ergonomics) Super light given its power rating and easy to handle 7.5
Application Can handle vertical and horizontal bait presentations equally well 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ It's all in that crisp, powerful, sensitive blank - Confusing given the discrepancy between rod's model number on the site and on the rod itself
+ Carbon grips lend itself well to a light overall build  
+ Ability to custom specify certain parts of the build  

If you're looking for one extra-extra-heavy stick to do it all, you could do a lot worse than Power Tackle's The One 4.5XXHM

Conclusion: The 4.5XXHM from Power Tackle really does fish like a bigger, badder version of our previously reviewed 04MH. What impressed me most about this stick was its overall weight given its extra-extra-heavy power rating. I can be pretty picky when it comes to weight and balance, and this stick impressed me. If I were to get another, I might extend the length of that rear handle another inch or two, otherwise, there's not much to dislike about this rod. I don't even mind that it comes with Recoils and I used to dislike these guides intensely. Guess I'm softening with age. Despite its taper, the 4.5XXHM, on the other hand, is far from soft and can be used to fish anything from jigs and soft plastics off the bottom, to your favorite, under 5 ounce glide or 3-piece swimming big bait. If you're looking for one extra-extra-heavy stick to do it all, you could do a lot worse than Power Tackle's The One 4.5XXHM.


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